Published On: Sat, Oct 27th, 2018

Maoists strike in Bastar, kill four CRPF men

Raipur: Maoist insurgents on Saturday fired upon a contingent of para-military Central Reserve Police Force in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, killing four troopers on a day when Chief Minister Raman Singh kicked off the ruling BJP’s election campaign for Assembly elections.

The attack took place late on Saturday and a heavy reinforcement has been rushed to the forested site

“A squad of the CRPF’s 168th Battalion, which was on an area-domination drive from a forested patch of Murdanda village to Timapur, came under intense firing from heavily- armed leftist insurgents,” P Sundar Raj, Deputy Inspector General (Naxal Operation) said.

The Maoists fired indiscriminately, followed by multiple IED blasts targeting CRPF jawans. The security forces retaliated, causing heavy damage to the rebels. However, four CRPF men lost their lives, while two others were critically wounded. They have been taken to the Basaguda field hospital for urgent medical attention.

The attack took place late on Saturday and a heavy reinforcement has been rushed to the forested site to track down the insurgents.

The attack also sent alarm bells in the political circle, as Maoists typically step up violence in the run-up to elections.

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